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Communities, e-participation, crowdsourcing, innovation, selling content: variegated links

These days I’ve collected an outsized collection of vaguely related links that I wanted to explore in more depth or are noticeworthy for some other reason. Some of them bear keeping after perusal, and some are in English. And I always wanted to use that «variegated» word.

Innovation, crowdsourcing and predictive markets. It’s become an area of research for an upcoming project; needed refreshing, and got refreshed.

e-Participation.net is a veritable trove of implementation examples, if you’re into ways for government (or NGOs) to source and sample citizen ideas and opinion. Or for them to speak out. 217 projects at last count.

ConsensusPoint is a firm that sells software to leverage employee opinions into foresight (aka mainly internal «predictive markets»). Crowdcast is a main rival, Spigit a very flexible option. Wherea the people at Fellowforce have the absolute best Flash piece on the reasons why co-creation and open innovation (crowdsourcing’s other trade names) are here to stay.

On a narrower vein, prediction market as a service (i.e. they allow you to create your own, too) at Inkling.com. Most creative pricing structure in a while.

Board of innovation. Nice project, apparently trying to gather people and resources about practical innovation… and getting some things definitely right. Like a database of business models, nice cases, a good board of innovators, interesting content. A portal to follow, probably, if I only had  the time.

Open Innovation, a brainchild of one of the people behind the above-mentioned Board. Absolutely interesting mix of open innovation and crowdsourcing ideas and news. See this gathering of online tools for innovators as an example. Or the invaluable list of examples of open innovation initiatives (loosely defined) here.


(Already past) Jive Software’s latest webinar materials are here. Interesting if quirky language, nothing much new to practioners save the demostration of the analytics module of SBS 3.0

April 9th. 18.00 GMT, Lithium Technologies will show a case to illustrate the use and impact of communities in customer support… and the savings to be had through it. Should be nice, even if the concept should be mainstream by now.

April 21st: Mzinga offers a webinar on » top objections to social learning and how you can overcome them with solid arguments, bullet-proof reasoning, and hard ROI numbers».

Wringing money out of the net. Yes, it’s always an interesting concept.

Wharton showcases Joss Whedon’s unwitting business success in charging for content on the web.

McKinsey’s Quarterly journal is trying everything to get people to sign up for the paid version of the service, even creating a «limited edition» print magazine to give away to subscribers. Eyebrow-rising. Maybe I should be asking for a courtesy susbcription in exchange for the traffic :-D.

Other. Yes, still more.

Tribalization, continued. The people who brought us the «Tribalization of business» study (a nice way to put communities under the nose of business managers, even if it had to lose the name in order to have someone listen) have recently been rounding up more data and promoting a website.

Too much of a good thing. Yep, Accenture’s gone and mixed banana skins and acceleration. A kinda-recent article finds that a large degree of consultation slows and degrades decision-making, and puts it down to collaboration. If you collaborate too much, you can get bogged. I thought to pass on the warning…

A French (the writer and the text) take on KM. Somehow I came across this blog months ago and I’ve found it an interesting source of unexpected links.

CMWwatch (and others) keep updating their ECM maturity model, not bad at all. Can’t see the practical use but it is a very nice analysis tool.

Also at CMSwatch, a cool reflection on the use of wikis. We’re winding down one of our wiki projects, not for lack of participation. These things are a bit more complex than they sometimes appear.

Startup Lessons Learned is not something I’ll be discovering to anybody. Eric Ries’s blog is full of interesting reflections on getting things going – something I’m keen on now I’ve decided to morph my oversized hobby into a full-blown company.


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